Fantasy is one of my all time favorite genres and I want to talk about it in a regular fashion… Chats and lists (lists, yo!) and all sorts of genre touching discussions! Magical realism is a hot topic in young adult books and at its core there is a magic system with which all the magic adheres… According the Wikipedia: “A magic system is a set of rules that magical effects follow in a fictional setting.” When I hit my goodreads shelves in preparation to talk about magic systems I found that many of the series I like didn’t really rely on a magic system so much as have paranormal events happen that fell into a general magic category.
My list of favorite magical systems ala this moment…
Adventurer’s Wanted Series by M.L. Forman
You must meet certain inner requirements in order to even interact with such magic. You won’t be missed because you aren’t really gone. No one else has seen the sign because only few are chosen. Instinct (those pesky inner traits) helps you to see what you need to do. This all works with your companion’s skills…
October Daye Series by Seanan McGuire
You inherit fae magic based upon which Firstborn bloodline you come. October is the daughter of Amandine who uses blood magic, specifically she can ride the blood. With this ability she can experience what happened to the dead by tasting their memories. The rider will feel their emotions and hear the thoughts of the dead.
Allomancy & Feruchemy
Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson
Ability to enhance one’s abilities or store particular attributes inside themselves based on the metal they use. Some can only use one type of metal, a rare few can use all the types of metal, Vin is one of these few, she’s a mistborn.
A Wishcraft Mystery Series by Heather Blake
Darcy comes from a long line of witches that can grant wishes with a mere spell. Others in her world hail from other witch lines that enhance their trade. Florists, bakers and wedding planners are just a few that use a spell here and there.
Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer
Earth. Fire. Air. Water. To keep these elementalists in check they have elemental guides who police those with these gifts, if you don’t keep these in check and away from prying eyes they are stripped from you. But come on… Earth. Fire. Air. Water!!!
Celestial & Earthly Gods
Red Winter Trilogy by Annette Marie
Behind the scenes of our world are heavenly gods who descend into human hosts that are pure enough and have had their bodies changed through years of contact with their gods ki. Down on earth are the earthly gods who control the elements and manage the natural order.
What are your favorite magical systems? Which of their abilities do you desire? Do you have any suggestions of books featuring magical realism?
Thanks for reading, XOXO